We ran for cover. We’d only been torrentially rained on for five minutes, like we were suddenly saturated by heavenly buckets, soaked as if our clothes were sponges; we stood in puddles inside our shoes. Completely drenched from the sudden tropical downpour, we found welcome shelter under the canopy of the meeting tent.

In the same way, if we run for cover into the presence or under the canopy of Jehovah-Nissi—the Lord our banner—we find shelter and protection from the storms, battles, and trials we face. Trusting in Jehovah-Nissi gves us confidence in every struggle. In the heat of the battle, we need confidence and courage to prevail.

Jehovah-Nissi is the name of God that means I Am the Lord your Banner. Moses celebrated the Israelite’s victory over the enemy by building an altar. “So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword,” says Exodus 17:13. God revealed himself with a new name: “Moses built an altar there and named it The Lord My Banner” (Exodus 17:15). Jehovah-Nissi wants us to praise Him for the victory He gives us in our trials. God gives us victory against the flesh, the world, and the devil. Our battles are His battles of light against darkness and good against evil. Psalm 60:12 reminds us, “With God’s help we will do mighty things, for He will trample down our foes.”

The name of God Jehovah-Nissi is only used once in the Bible, but God’s strong hand is seen throughout scripture. He is a God of deliverance; the battle is His, and the Lord will fight for us. David cried out to God in His distress, and we can, too. In desperation, call out to Jehovah Nissi for help. Psalm 18:7–19 says, “The Lord also thundered in the heavens, the Most High uttered His voice. He sent out his arrows and scattered them and he took me, drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay. He brought me forth also into a broad place, He rescued me, because he delighted in me.”

No matter what depressing thought, discouraging word, or diminished hope comes our way, let’s choose to run for cover to the Lord our Banner, Jehovah-Nissi. He will shelter us, protect us, and deliver us.

Let’s pray:

Dear Jehovah-Nissi, thank you for delighting in me. I thank you for anticipating my need to run to you. I love it when you cover me, defend me, and restore me to looking forward to the victory you will bring. Father, thank you for helping me trample my enemy. I give you the glory for the victory you will win—in Jesus name, amen.

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